April 20, 2009 |
The HBO series Flight of the Conchords, which recently completed its second season, chronicles a New Zealand novelty folk duo's desperately unsuccessful attempts to make it in the United States, or at least with an occasional American woman. But on stage, it's a different story. At the second of two Tower Theater shows on Saturday, Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement played to a packed and raucously enthusiastic house that included Gov. Rendell and his family, as well as a few thousand rowdy twentysomethings.
May 15, 2008 |
An increasing number of people are fed up with the airing of sexually explicit, violent, degrading, stereotypical music videos on TV, especially during hours when teenagers haven't turned in for bed. Citizens are fighting back by filing complaints with the Federal Communications Commission, demonstrating in front of the homes of network executives and, more recently, targeting television sponsors. Having edited Emerge magazine, a former publication owned by Black Entertainment Television (BET)
April 18, 2008 |
Eileen Hall, 92, is one salty bird. The London-born thrush, a self-proclaimed lover of show tunes, croaks a killer version of "Should I Stay or Should I Go?" Her rendition of the Clash's 1981 punk plea - the thrust of which is, are we hooking up tonight, baby, or what? - opens Young @ Heart. The vibrant and vivacious documentary about a chorus of Massachusetts seniors, frisky fogies with an unlikely playlist, opened the 17th annual Philadelphia Film Festival. Bob Dylan's "Forever Young," Prince's "Nothing Compares 2 U" and Sonic Youth's "Schizophrenia" are among their must-hears.
April 2, 2008 |
Eileen Hall, 92, is one salty bird. The London-born thrush, a self-proclaimed lover of show tunes, croaks a killer version of "Should I Stay or Should I Go?" Her rendition of the Clash's 1981 punk plea - the thrust of which is, are we hooking up tonight, baby, or what? - opens . The vibrant and vivacious documentary about a chorus of Massachusetts seniors, frisky fogies with an unlikely playlist, opens the 17th annual Philadelphia Film Festival Thursday night. Bob Dylan's "Forever Young," Prince's "Nothing Compares 2 U" and Sonic Youth's "Schizophrenia" are among their must-hears.
September 26, 2007 |
WITH A WAR on two fronts, global warming, soaring oil prices, toxic imports, and the president of Iran at the U.N., it's nice to see that Congress had time to discuss hip-hop at a hearing yesterday entitled "From Imus to Industry: The business of stereotypes and degrading images. " Sounds like a master's thesis. With a plethora of prepared statements, lawmakers, music industry execs and rappers pointed fingers in different directions as to the cause of the problem - assuming it is a problem - but all managed to agree that censorship is not the answer.
July 12, 2007 |
'Columbo's playing Wiffle ball with me!" Zoe Cassavetes remembers thinking happily, back when she was a little girl in 1970s L.A. There she was, in her parents' backyard, batting a plastic orb with Peter Falk - the squinty star of the long-running television detective show - who had taken a break from moviemaking to play with the director's daughter. That director, of course, was John Cassavetes, the actor-turned-American-indie-auteur of Faces , Husbands , A Woman Under the Influence , and Opening Night . Many of his groundbreaking, grown-up dramas starred his wife, Gena Rowlands.
October 15, 2006 |
The remote control in Nigel Davies' house has taken on a kind of magical status. With a few clicks through his Comcast Corp. "On Demand" service, the Bryn Mawr technology consultant orders SpongeBob SquarePants episodes to watch with his 18-month-old son whenever they want, ignoring network schedules. Daniel Loughlin, on the other hand, gets Comcast's cheapest cable package to save money. It doesn't include on-demand technology or many of his favorite shows, so the 21-year-old Drexel student watches his favorite television programs - especially Comedy Central's Chappelle's Show - on the Web video-sharing site YouTube.
June 2, 2006 |
It sounded dubious at first. A gimmick perhaps. A full orchestra performing a concert dedicated to video-game music? Come on. How many of those people even play games? Then, the word came down as to who was organizing this groundbreaking Video Games Live event: Jack Wall and Tommy Tallarico, musicians who are the video-gaming-industry equivalent of film composer John Williams. With their presence, this performance, which meshes synchronized video, lights, and live video game music, becomes a must-see event Saturday night at the Merriam Theater.
March 9, 2006 |
If there is one thing I'm trying not to be as I get older, it's a grumpy old man. I don't want to get cranky about music. After all, I've taken a lot of grief from older folks for proudly defending rap music, my generation's rock-and-roll, its "devil music," its contribution to the decline of Western civilization. But watching Black Entertainment Television's new reality show Lil' Kim: Countdown to Lockdown was enough to make even me search for the mental Pepto-Bismol. Granted, I only saw a preview copy of the first episode of a scheduled six, and an uncensored one at that.
November 12, 2005 |
Many of us will spend part of the weekend seeking out 50 Cent's cinematic debut, Get Rich or Die Tryin'. The early verdict: His performance is stiffer than a frozen spoon. Mr. Cent (born Curtis Jackson) becomes the latest in a long, troubling line of musicians who migrate to film in order to essentially play themselves - only to prove spectacularly unsuited to the role. Anyone remember Prince in Purple Rain? We know why the Hollywood studios recruit singers and rappers. They're always eager to cast someone who has a built-in fan base.